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- "Great people and very organized" (in 183 reviews)
- "Great atmosphere and coworkers." (in 123 reviews)
- "Flexible hours and not far from my house" (in 71 reviews)
- "Good Benefits and co workers" (in 68 reviews)
- "Would recommend to a friend simply based on if the staff is friendly at said location" (in 55 reviews)
- "Poor management and even though most of the employees are kind there are some personalities they are very unsuitable fit for customer service." (in 155 reviews)
- "The company does not allow for much advancement and the low pay leads to high turnover." (in 145 reviews)
- "To many managers with conflicting views." (in 86 reviews)
- "3. There is no training concerning what to do in case of an emergency or 'event'." (in 37 reviews)
- "poor upper management stuck in a rut" (in 36 reviews)
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- 1.0Dec 4, 2023Sales AssociateCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearBoston, MA
Nice diverse staff that likes to have fun
Seriously Crate, if you are going to advertise months in advance for seasonal workers, the least you can do is get them credentials/log in so they are ready to work on Day 1. They are left out to struggle on their own, don't have log ins to ring a register and receive painfully scant training. We don't even have aprons or walkies! Do we not want to retain them? Is it not worth the time? Why are we unprepared for them? It paints this organization in a very poor light as Crate is dissing seasonal workers that are critical to our success.1
- 3.0Sep 19, 2023Team LeaderCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsWestport, CT
-Work with some of the best people I've ever met -I enjoy the freedom of being able to make any stockroom changes I want as a manager -Would recommend to a friend simply based on if the staff is friendly at said location
-Incompetent area manager resulting in extremely low initative/ drive to work harder -Inconsistent rules/policies -Warehouse/DC issues -Low pay for anyone under Store Manager/ASM -Department managers are expected to do more in other departments making it hard to focus/ execute in your own department at times -Extremely behind on all aspects of technology/software5
- 2.0Nov 9, 2023Marketing TeamFormer Employee, more than 5 yearsNorthbrook, IL
Good discount and retirement packges are okay
Over the course of my time at the company I watched this team go from great to absolutely dysfunctional. Recent re-orgs over the past few years have made the corporate marketing team a complete disaster. We were all expected to do way more than we were getting paid for. It got so bad that turnover made it impossible to keep up. The worst of it is that salaries are WAY below industry standard and micromanaging is the norm. Nearly every new hire quits within a year or two at the most. There's also a very obvious lack of diversity that is overlooked.2
- 3.0Oct 30, 2023Back of HouseCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearBellevue, WA
Really depends on management, as with most of retail. It can be really fun if you love the product, merchandising and keeping on your feet. Crate really puts effort into sourcing quality goods. Discount is good.
The pay could be better, especially for long term employees. For being more of a high end retailer, they do not offer their employees the pay they deserve and took commission structure away. There are very knowledgeable specialists on the floor that sell $15K+ per week (housewares team - furniture is on a different level) making a lot of money for the store. There are 10+ year employees that make only a few $ more than brand new employees. Structure is also a bit all over the place. Culture of the company could use improvement, changed since new CEO.1
- 4.0Dec 4, 2023Merchandise AssociateCurrent EmployeeSeal Beach, CA
Friendly working environment with a lot to learn regarding retail and sales.
The workplace is new as the outlet was moved from El Segundo, CA so there is a lot of changes to be made over the coming months.
- 1.0Dec 1, 2023Sales AssociateCurrent Employee, more than 1 year
Not a single pro, terrible treatment of retail workers and merchandisers
I wish I had listened to the bad reviews and rumors about how they treat their sales associates. This job was terrible in more ways than I can list. Management and corporate do not care about the sales associates, they view us as disposable. The amount of work in relation to the pay is absolutely terrible. I have started a new retail job and it has been night and day.
- 4.0Nov 30, 2023DirectorCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearChicago, IL
Great company with truly kind people. Really incredible working for a beautiful brand that influences the home interior design space as much as it does. You’ll work hard, be valued for your work & contribute to the overall mission.
Small company despite the brand recognition so still some improvement needed in building processes & adding headcount.
- 4.0Dec 4, 2023Sales AssociateFormer EmployeeChicago, IL
It is a fun environment. The majority of the sales floor members are great.
There is no consistency. The way things are done is dependent on the managers.
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Crate and Barrel has an overall rating of 3.4 out of 5, based on over 2,164 reviews left anonymously by employees. 55% of employees would recommend working at Crate and Barrel to a friend and 40% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -3% over the last 12 months.
55% of Crate and Barrel employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Crate and Barrel 3.1 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.3 for culture and values and 2.8 for career opportunities.